Gizaw Legesse

Communication Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am Communication Facilitator for AgriProFocus Ethiopia.

Previously I worked as a Journalist at Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, for about four years as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a columnist.

I am also a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Webmaster. I have a vast experience in writing Articles, preparing reports as well as legal documents.

I graduated from Unity University with LLB Degree in Law.

Apart from the above, I am now developing my experience in event organizing and facilitating in AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 3 days 20 hours ago

Job Opportunity at 2GL Agriculture Development PLC 


Category: Accounting and Finance

Location: Marti (Upper Awash, Bole Towon), Oromia

Career Level: Senior or Junior Level

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: negotiable

Job Requirements

BA Degree in Accounting or related fields.

How to Apply

Qualified & Interested candidates can send their CV within 10 days of this announcement online to or can be submit hard copy of his/her CV to office (0911801076, 0961172981 or 0911223280). The job was announced online on 11 January 2016.

Job Description:


  1. Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
  2. Manage outsourced functions
  3. Oversee the operations of the treasury department, including the design of an organizational structure adequate for achieving the department's goals and objectives

Funds Management

  1. Forecast cash flow positions, related borrowing needs, and available funds for invest

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Posted 6 days 12 hours ago

ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

ICRA is a member of the Agr

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Posted 1 week 22 hours ago

Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook Update - December 2016

31 Dec 2016
Report From Famine Early Warning System Network

Pastoral conditions deteriorate following very poor seasonal performance in southeastern areas


 - Food security outcomes have improved in many areas of Ethiopia as Meher harvests have improved household food access. However, emergency food assistance needs will remain high as poor seasonal rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and lowland cropping areas of eastern and central Oromia and Rift Valley areas of SNNPR lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity through May 2017, or Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in the presence of emergency assistance.

- Deyr/Hageya seasonal rainfall between October and December 2016 was very late and significantly below average across most of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Livestock body conditions have started to decline, leading to low livestock productivity, decreasing livestock prices, and below-average

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Ethiopia: Auspicious Move to Ensure Food Security

. . . Being food secured is also not limited to stowing away enough food to meet nutritional needs of a community or a country. It is also linked with sustained food supply and creations of assets that will help to avail food and other personal and family needs related to livelihood.

Among other things, food security is also related to food habits, religious and cultural outlooks that could have stronger bearing on either enhancing or discouraging the promotion of food self-sufficiency and security.

Attaining food security cannot be measured only through the volume of food produced and distributed. Diversity in food production targeting disease preventing varieties and cash based production are also important factors. . . 

(Solomon Dibaba, The Ethiopian Herald)

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Training Program: an opportunity for you to become a Competent Dairy Advisor

Second Round Dairy Production Advisors

Deadline: December 30, 2016

DairyBISS would like to announce the intake of the second round Dairy Production Advisors capacity building program.

If you think you are interested to be an advisor in the dairy sector and have the required qualifications, please express your interest to these email addresses: and by December 30, 2016 (deadline) with the required documents. Make a note on the selection criteria points which are attached with this announcement.


Detail Criteria to join the training program can be found HERE.

Also please find the official announcement HERE.

For more information, please contact Liya Girma:

Dairy Business Information Service and Support (DairyBISS) project of Wageningen UR Livestock Research and Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia. Read More about DairyBISS


Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference

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  21 February 2017 to 24 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Hawassa University

Upcoming Event: Nutrition Conference

Call for Sponsors

Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference to be hosted by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition in Ethiopia, Hawassa University in February 2017.

Title: "Capacity building, employment and job creation for better nutrition and sustainable development in Ethiopia" 21-24 February 2017.

The major themes of the conference are:

  1. Analysis of trends in Human Nutrition training in Ethiopia and curriculums: strength and gaps.
  2. Role of professional associations and network of scholars in Nutrition Security in Ethiopia
  3. Our curriculums and Demand of Food industries in Ethiopia
  4. Short Term trainings in addressing problems of malnutrition in Ethiopia
  5. Food safety and quality in Ethiopia: Role of Food industries, stakeholders and academic institutions
  6. The status of multi-sector approach to address malnutrition in Ethiopia

For More information, contact Fikadu Reta (click on the name) and read his post here: http://agr

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Our Annual Network Day: Connecting Members with Similar Objectives

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On Friday December 2, 2016, AgriProFocus Ethiopia brought together its members to celebrate the Annual Network Day with different fruitful activities. Over 140 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. Primarily, for this successful event, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event, our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programmes, and our guest presenters (including in parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and to provide their perspectives to our network members.

So, what really happened?

In the Morning . . .

The day began with the informative presentation entitled “Poverty and Resilience” by Dr. George Gray, who is a Lead Consultant at the Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP). As Ethiopia is struggling to co

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Wim Goris thank you for the excellent image coverage !

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Why gender equality in doing business makes good economic sense


Women today represent about 50 percent of the world’s population and, for the past two decades, about 50 percent of the labor force. Yet there are stark differences in the outcomes they achieve: Women are only half as likely as men to have a full-time wage-earning job. The women who do have paid jobs earn as much as one-third less than men. Fewer women than men are involved in trade or own registered companies. And women are more likely to work in low-productivity activities or informal employment.

There are many reasons for these outcomes, including socio-cultural norms, access to high-quality jobs, the lack of transport and the lack of child-care facilities. In many countries, such differences also continue to be written in the law.

For the first time since it was launched in 2002, the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report this year added a gender dimension to its measures, i

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Angelica Senders Report 'Doing business 2017' Thanks you very much Gisew for sharing this post. I think the publication you are referring to is very relevan for many of our members. herewith the link for those who want to down load the full document: 

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Moroccan Company to build $3.7bn Fertilizer Plant in Ethiopia

Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates is the world’s largest phosphate exporter

Source: Financial Times

Moroccan group hails joint-venture expected to boost east African country’s economy

Office Cherifien des Phosphates has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a $3.7bn fertiliser plant in the east African country.

OCP, which is 95 per cent state-owned, said the deal was among the largest joint ventures in Africa between two developing economies and would create one of the world’s largest fertiliser facilities, with an initial capacity of 2.5m tonnes.

The plant, which is expected to start producing fertiliser in mid-2022, will make a significant difference to Ethiopia’s agriculture sector, which accounts for 45 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product and 90 per cent of its exports.

Ethiopia, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, currently uses 57kg of fertiliser per hectare of wheat and 34k

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AgriProFcus Ethiopia Annual Network Day 2016

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  02 December 2016, All Day Event
  AZZEMAN HOTEL, Addis Ababa

You are INVITED!

Dear Members and Partners,

You are cordially invited to attend the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day, to be held on Friday 2nd of December 2016 in AZZEMAN Hotel, Addis Ababa.

As you may recall, at the end of every year we organize this Annual Network Day to bring together our members and partners for exciting and fruitful activities:

  • We will learn new findings, developments and achievements in Ethiopian agriculture sector from Guest Presenters;
  • The AgriProFocus Ethiopia Coordination Team will highlight the 2016 activities of the network to its members and partners, and look forward to what we envision for 2017 together with you;
  • Members and Partners, in turn, will review and comment on the ending year activities, and indicate new topics of focus or new ways of networking methods to be incorporated in our 2017 Annual Plan;
  • Market Place by member and partner organizations who wish to reserve an exhibition boot

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You are Invited - Business Drinks!

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  24 November 2016, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

You are Invited - Business Drinks!

Bring your Business Card!

Dear members and Partners,

We are pleased to invite you to our Business Drinks event, which will be held on November 24, 2016 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

As you all know, these Business Drinks are jointly organized by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). And their purpose is to bring the agribusiness community in the private sector, agricultural development agents and relevant stakeholders together to create interaction and networking opportunity.

In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

- To promote yourself and your organization using the 1-minute pitch session.

- And, of course, you will do all this while enjoying 2 Free Drinks offered by the organizers.

Who is invited?

Any member of AgriProFocus Ethiopia is invited. But if you are going to

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Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Ethiopia: Results of Climate Change On Smallholder Farmers

By Lyndal Rowlands

Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture," Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO said.

"The good news," he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.

The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.

The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared t

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Deadline to fill the Concept Note form is 21 October 2016

THE OBJECTIVE of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in

Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers. The Innovation Fund runs from September 2016 to December 2019. It will provide financial and technical support to at least 32 projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria.

The Innovation Fund is managed by the Ethiopia–Netherlands Trade Facility for Agribusiness (ENTAG). ENTAG fall under the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT), which is implemented by Wageningen University & Research from The Netherlands and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.

Necessary Documents:

Innovation Fund - Concept Note Format - 20160926 - Final

Innovation Fund - Call for Projects - 20160927 - Final

Innovation Fund - Fund Manual - 20160927 - Final

ENTAG_ innovation

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Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Hi Gizachew, Thanks for the information but I was unable to download the necessary documents shown here. When I try to download anyone of these documents, it asks google E-mail account which I don't have it. Best Regards Wassie

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Posted 3 months 22 hours ago

New Job: Country Director Ethiopia

General information:

Job location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Starting date: As soon as possible

Vacancy closing date: 7th November 2016

Duration position: 3 years with possibility of extension

Workhours: Fulltime (40 hours)

About ZOA

ZOA is a Christian international NGO which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The work of ZOA is coordinated from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. From Apeldoorn operates ZOA in fifteen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 1000 employees worldwide.

ZOA is looking for a Country Director Ethiopia (f/m)

ZOA Relief Hope Recovery (ZOA) has been working with displaced persons in Ethiopia since 1993. ZOA Ethiopia wo

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Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Notice: FSRE Innovation Fund Completion Seminar Postponed 

Dear Members and Partners,

A few days ago we announced that there will be the FSRE Innovation Fund Completion Seminar on 26-27 October 2016, which will also include a book launch and an innovation fair.

However, due to current circumstance we would like to inform you that the event is postponed until further notice. We will inform you any developments.


Gizaw Legesse

+251 (0)91 115 6248

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Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

USAID's Emergency Fact Sheet on Agriculture

September 16, 2016

-- Emergency seed actors had distributed 93 percent of the more than 33,320 MT of seed supplies intended for meher planting to farming households in Afar, Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP, Somali, and Tigray regions as of September 9, according to the ESWG—co-led by the GoE and USAID/OFDA partner the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). USAID emergency seed partner CRS reports that implementing partners had distributed at least 96 percent of the 5,200 MT of allocated seeds to agricultural areas of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP, and Tigray as of September 7 and reached nearly all beneficiary farmers prior to the end of local meher planting. The planting period—particularly for varieties of vine cuttings, seedlings, and other vegetable seeds—extends as late as mid-September in some districts.

-- Seed actors recently completed an ESWG post-distribution assessment, which launched on August 22, according to FAO. Preliminary assessment fi

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Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

ICRA courses for professional in agricultural education and research  

ICRA organises two interesting courses in March and May 2017 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. These courses are highly valued by professionals working in agricultural higher education, research, outreach, and agribusiness.

Scholarship application is now open for two courses:

Learning, action research and outreach - Making higher education boost food security

13 - 31 March 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this course you can apply HERE.

Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges

15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this course you can apply HERE.


First Poultry Platform Meeting

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  29 September 2016, 08:30-13:30
  Addis Ababa, Harmony Hotel

The first Poultry Platform meeting will be held on Thursday September 29, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Harmony Hotel, Tana Hall, Addis Ababa. This, 1st poultry platform meeting, is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Project in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The themes of the forthcoming meeting will be focusing on:

· Introduction & launching of the new ENTAG project by ENTAG management

· Presentation by Dr. Temesgen alemu from EPPPA

· Presentation by Ethiopian Livestock Minister

· Presentation by ENTAG inovation fund manager

· Open discussion on cooperation grounds between ENTAG and the Ethiopian poultry sector stakeholders

All members and participants of the Poultry Platform are invited. For further information, please contact: Dr.Demeke wondmagegn: or call number 0911952228/0939865714

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Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

How intensive is Dutch investment in Ethiopia?

A documentary broadcasted on EBC highlights how Dutch businesses have successfully invested in Ethiopia.

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Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Bt Cotton on trial in Ethiopia

The trial of the Genetically Modified variety of Cotton known as Bt cotton has officially started in Ethiopia, Capital learnt.
The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research had previously been in negotiations with GMO seed manufacturing companies from China as well as Monsanto.
“We have officially started the trial phase with Bt cotton. Yes, we were in negotiations with Monsanto but we decided to go with a different seed supplier," stated Dr Endale Gebre, Agriculture Technology Research Director at the Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research.

Read More: Capital

Sarah Assefa Thanks for sharing this update. This article on the topic of "Crop Diversity, GMOs and Food Security in the Motherland" is a bit related:

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